Week 11: NorCal CIF Bowl Rankings

Posted on November 6, 2012 by

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Senior Aaron Maher helped Analy of Sebastopol to its first outright league title since 1958 and to a 10-0 regular season record. He’s a versatile receiver-defensive back and could be MVP of his league. Photo by Harold Abend.

Placer has to be realigned to D3 but does not get No. 1 ranking. Clayton Valley also moves up to No. 1 in D2. Go inside to read analysis of every division by long-time editor Mark Tennis. Check Wednesday for second Mr. Football Player of Year tracker.

Note: The top 10 teams that would be ranked by CalHiSportsFootball for the CIF Open Division in Northern California would be:

1. De La Salle (Concord); 2. Franklin (Elk Grove); 3. Folsom; 4. Bellarmine (San Jose); 5. Elk Grove; 6. Serra (San Mateo); 7. Buhach Colony (Atwater); 8. Luther Burbank (Sacramento); 9. St. Mary’s (Stockton); 10. California (San Ramon).

With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the Week 11 rankings for each of Northern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Nov. 3):

DIVISION I NORTH
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 10-0
2. (2) Franklin (Elk Grove) 10-0
3. (3) Folsom 10-0
4. (5) Bellarmine (San Jose) 8-1
5. (4) Elk Grove 9-1
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 8-1
7. (7) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 8-2
8. (8) Luther Burbank (Sacramento) 10-0
9. (9) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 8-2
10. (11) California (San Ramon) 8-2
11. (10) Oak Grove (San Jose) 9-0
12. (12) Granite Bay 7-3
13. (13) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 9-1
14. (14) Freedom (Oakley) 8-2
15. (15) James Logan (Union City) 9-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 6-4, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 7-2, Downey (Modesto) 9-1, Grant (Sacramento) 5-5, Lincoln (Stockton) 7-3, Palo Alto 7-2, Pittsburg 7-3, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 6-4, San Ramon Valley (Danville) 5-5, Stagg (Stockton) 9-1, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 6-3, Yuba City 9-1.
No. 1 Team Result: De La Salle (Concord) defeated California (San Ramon) 27-14.
Race for No. 1: There were just a few changes among the top 15 from last week, but the bubble list underwent much more. Defending CIF Central Coast Section Open Division champ Bellarmine got shifted in front of Elk Grove at No. 4 due to Elk Grove only winning by 17-10 over Davis. The Bells’ only loss being to De La Salle and having a win over San Mateo Serra also contributed to that move…..
•California of San Ramon also flip-flopped with Oak Grove at No. 10 and No. 11. The Grizzlies showed us something in losing by just 27-14 to De La Salle, which also may have impressed the CIF North Coast Section seeding committee since they were given the No. 2 seed behind Sparta in the Division I playoffs…..
•Among the bubble teams, watch out for a first-round Sac-Joaquin Division I matchup between 9-1 Stagg and 6-4 Pleasant Grove. Stagg’s only loss came in a high-scoring game against St. Mary’s of Stockton. Pleasant Grove reached the SJS D1 final last year and won it all in 2010…..

DIVISION II NORTH
1. (4) Clayton Valley (Concord) 9-1
2. (2) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 10-0
3. (3) Oakdale 9-1
4. (6) Vista del Lago (Folsom) 8-1*
5. (7) Inderkum (Sacramento) 8-2
6. (8) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 8-2
7. (10) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 8-2
8. (NR) Sierra (Manteca) 9-1
9. (NR) American Canyon 9-1
10. (NR) Enterprise (Redding) 7-3
Drops: Previous No. 1 Placer (Auburn) reclassified for D3 North; No. 5 Yuba City reclassified for D1 North; No. 9 Center (Antelope) reclassified for D3 North.
Bubble Teams: Casa Grande (Petaluma) 7-3, Chico 7-3, Concord 8-2, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 7-3, Newark Memorial (Newark) 8-2, Paradise 7-3.
No. 1 Team Result: Clayton Valley (Concord) defeated Mt. Diablo (Concord) 61-6.
Race for No. 1: Well, we’ve been saying for several weeks that Placer of Auburn was likely going to be playing in the SJS D4 playoffs as opposed to D3 and that is what has happened. Since those brackets are now out, the Hillmen have thus been switched to the D3 North bowl rankings and no longer are No. 1 in D2 North…..
•That new No. 1 ranking in this division was then given to Clayton Valley. The Eagles lost their only game in their opener 41-27 to Pittsburg (which is D1 North) and since then have turned it on in a series of impressive outings, including wins against Concord and Northgate. By choosing Clayton Valley in this instance, it also matches the NCS D2 seedings which have the Eagles first and Rancho Cotate second…..
•Two other previously ranked Sac-Joaquin teams in this division also had to be replaced due to that section’s playoff pairings. Previous No. 5 Yuba City ended up in D2 instead of D3 and had to go up for the bowl game rankings to D1 North. Previous No. 9 Center of Antelope, which just lost to Placer by one point 15-14 last Friday, also is now D3 North instead…..
•Barring the inclusion of a top team from the CCS when its pairings are announced this weekend, this NorCal regional bowl game continues to look like it will end up being between the NCS D2 champ and the SJS D3 champ. The bad news for whichever team wins in that bowl game is that it will be a huge underdog to whichever team wins in the South. It’s early, but already pretty obvious that the SoCal teams are a lot stronger…..
Note about CIF Central Coast Section teams: Once the playoff brackets are announced (which unlike most sections will be one week later in the season on Nov. 10), we expect several quality teams from CCS “A” leagues that are not going to be in the CCS Open Division to be placed in the section’s Division I or Division II brackets. Examples could be a third-place team from the West Catholic Athletic League or a second-place team from the De Anza League (Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Milpitas, etc.). At that point, those teams would then get placed into our D2 North bowl game rankings (they are all considered Division I now) and it’s possible one or more of those teams will be ranked near the top.

DIVISION III NORTH
1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 9-1
2. (2) El Cerrito 10-0
3. (NR) Placer (Auburn) 10-0
4. (3) Sutter 10-0
5. (4) Seaside 9-0
6. (5) Campolindo (Moraga) 9-1
7. (6) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 9-1
8. (7) Ripon 10-0
9. (8) Los Banos 9-1
10. (9) Analy (Sebastopol) 10-0
Drops: Previous No. 10 Escalon had to make room for Placer coming in at No. 3.
Bubble Teams: Arcata 9-1, Aptos 7-2, Argonaut (Jackson) 10-0, Carmel 8-1, Center (Antelope) 8-2, Dixon 9-1, Escalon 8-2, Justin-Siena (Napa) 8-2, Menlo School (Atherton) 8-1, Novato 7-3, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 8-1, Salesian (Richmond) 8-2, Soquel 7-2, West Valley (Cottonwood) 9-1.
No. 1 Team Result: Marin Catholic (Kentfield) defeated Tamalpais (Mill Valley) 42-3.
Race for No. 1: If Placer had been reclassified into this division midway through the regular season, the Hillmen probably would have been placed No. 1. Since then, though, they’ve had three scary close games, including last Friday’s 15-14 triumph against Center of Antelope. Yes, they still own key wins over Central Catholic of Modesto and Yuba City, but the overall body of work in our book does not beat Marin Catholic or El Cerrito. That is why we’ve put the Hillmen at No. 3 instead of No. 1…..
•Both Marin Catholic and El Cerrito will be in the NCS D3 playoffs (along with Campolindo, Cardinal Newman and Analy) so all Placer has to do to get a regional bowl game is still the same as before and that’s win a section title. We feel bad for Sutter having to drop to No. 4 and for Seaside to drop to No. 5. Looking at strength of schedule scenarios after the section playoffs, though, it’s going to be very hard for the section commissioners to choose any other teams for the NorCal bowl game other than the NCS D3 champ vs. the SJS D4 winner…..
•The hope for the others is that Central Catholic wins the SJS D4 title because the Raiders would then go to the NorCal D4 bowl game instead of D3. That is not a far-fetched scenario, either, the way Central Catholic has been rolling in recent weeks…..
Note about CIF Central Coast Section teams: Once the playoff brackets are announced (which unlike most sections will be one week later in the season on Nov. 10), we expect several quality teams from CCS “A” leagues that are not going to be in the CCS Open Division to be placed in the section’s Division III or Division IV brackets. At that point, those teams would then get placed into our D3 North bowl game rankings and it’s possible one or more of those teams will be ranked near the top.

DIVISION IV NORTH
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 8-2
2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 6-3
3. (3) Ferndale 9-1
4. (7) Valley Christian (Dublin) 8-2
5. (5) Pierce (Arbuckle) 10-0
6. (6) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 9-1
7. (9) California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 9-1
8. (10) Foresthill 9-1
9. (NR) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 8-2
10. (NR) St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 8-2
Drops: Previous No. 4 Le Grand lost to Ripon Christian 35-21; No. 8 Portola lost to Chester 21-16.
Bubble Teams: Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 5-5, Chester 8-1*, Le Grand 8-2, Maxwell 7-3, Modesto Christian (Modesto) 6-4, Portola 8-1*, Ripon Christian 8-2, Tomales 6-4.
*Default win not included.
No. 1 Team Result: Central Catholic defeated Patterson 63-20.
Race for No. 1: The CIF Sac-Joaquin pairings for its Division IV bracket include more 10-0 and 9-1 teams than we can remember, so the odds of Central Catholic navigating through the field and winning it all seems high. Most of those other teams are D3 North, too. Still, the Raiders have the talent (especially since running back Rey Vega became eligible) to win that title and wrap up a bowl berth…..
If Central Catholic loses in those playoffs, they also become ineligible for the bowls. That would open it up for McClymonds (if it wins the Oakland Section title), Ferndale (needs to win NCS D5), Valley Christian (needs to win NCS D4) and Pierce of Arbuckle (needs to win Northern Section D3)…..
•If Valley Christian, which topped Salesian of Richmond 41-33 last week, were to get it done in NCS D4, you would think that the Vikings also might have the edge over any team that wins the NCS D5 title (even if that team is Ferndale)…..

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